Archive for June, 2015
The Rascals’ Gene Cornish is no stranger to The Midtown Men stage. He showed off his amazing harmonica skills last year at NJPAC when he joined the Men for a little “Groovin’.” So it came as no surprise when Gene joined the Men once again at the Beacon Theatre on Saturday, June 20th. What was a surprise, though, was that this time he was jamming on his guitar to the Men’s pumped up version of “Good Lovin’” – an unforgettable performance all around!
The Midown Club would like to extend belated Happy Birthday wishes to Daniel Reichard, who celebrated his birthday on June 20th with a few of his closest friends.
I was thrilled to be on hand for the celebration – Best Birthday Party Ever!
I can’t imagine any better place to celebrate a birthday – hope you enjoyed it, Daniel. I know the estimated 2,000 people in attendance did!
The Midtown Men’s much anticipated, much talked about, much publicized New York City Homecoming Concert at the gorgeous Beacon Theatre was nothing less than spectacular!
The Men (Michael Longoria, Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer) were in top form, feeding off of the frenzied energy of the crowd. Every note, every harmony, every dance move was spot on. Each joke, each story, and each of Mr. Spencer’s ad-libbed antics was met with enthusiastic laughter and applause by each and every audience member. And man, did the Men ever deliver on the promise of iconic 60s musical guests!
Dolores “La La” Brooks of the Crystals had the crowd singing and dancing along with Da Do Ron Ron, although not many could keep up with the 68 year old firecracker’s energy as she shimmied to the floor and back up again effortlessly in 3 inch heels! To say her performance was amazing is an understatement!
Stay tuned for more posts from this incredible concert! If you have pictures from the evening that you would like to share, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Historic Beacon Theatre will come alive on Saturday, June 20th, when fans old and new come together for the much anticipated New York City homecoming of The Midtown Men! Preparations are being made…flight booked, reservations at the famed Beacon Hotel made, outfit arranged…well, I do have another week to figure that out.
In all the excitement of looking forward to next Saturday night, my thoughts go back to the beginning. Back to that night in February of 2007 when I saw these guys, and Jersey Boys, for the first time. Back to the excited frenzy of the Jersey Boys blog and the welcoming, avid fans, many of whom I look forward to seeing next week. And back to the joy I felt when I learned that we would all have a chance to enjoy these four men’s talents on the same stage once again.
While reminiscing, I looked back to the beginning of this website, to the very first article I wrote, and I realized that the elation I felt back then is still the same every time I see a Midtown Men show. So I would like to share that feeling with all of you – new fans, old fans, family and friends – and take you back to the beginning.
Originally posted by Catherine, May 20, 2011
“Let’s hang on to what we got
Don’t let go, girl, we got a lot
Got a lot of love between us
Hang on, hang on, hang on to what we got…”
If you’ve seen The Midtown Men in concert, you may recognize those lyrics as the start of the show, the MEN singing even before they appear on stage. And the audience goes wild. Then the men enter, and the song changes…
“Working my way back to you babe
With a burning love inside
Yeah I’m working my way back to you babe
With a happiness that died
I let it get away, paying every day…”
And the crowd goes even more wild. Those in the audience who aren’t familiar with the MEN from their Jersey Boys days may not get the significance of those songs right away. But those of us who fell in love with Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer from the first time we laid eyes on them… we know. And the words excite us, because we understand them. We understand that the time spent at the August Wilson Theatre meant as much to these MEN as it did to us. They have said in interviews that they missed performing together, missed making that fabulous music, missed that special time. And we, the fans, have missed it, too. And we are so thrilled that The Midtown Men were able to hang on, and are working their way back to us!
A little over the top, you say? Perhaps. But those are the feelings these men inspire in their fans … with a burning love inside … a burning love of their amazing talents, their dedication to their profession, their genuineness with their fans, their love of this infectious 60’s sound, and most of all, the obvious joy they get from performing together. And they spread that joy so completely to their audiences night after night.
As the last notes of “Bye Bye Baby” are dying away, and the crowd is going wild, The Midtown Men newbies get it. They get it, and they understand it. They understand that now, they will be working their way back to see these MEN again and again.
Work YOUR way BACK to The Midtown Men next Saturday, June 20th, at the Beacon Theatre!